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How the Jeep Grand Cherokee's Quadra-Drive 4x4 Can Help You on Slippery Surfaces in Calgary

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(Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 12:12PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_jeep_grand_cherokee_quadra_drive_II.jpg"alt="Two Jeep Grand Cherokees pakred on a rock trail near a forest"/></a>The Quadra-Drive II is a 4x4 design available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Limited, Summit, and Overland. 

It uses a rear electronic limited-slip differential and an active transfer case to distribute torque quickly. It is a full-time system, so it is always on and does not require activation. 

Here is a closer look at the unique traits of this powerful 4x4 drivetrain. 

Quadra-Drive allows you to choose from five different operation modes via the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System. Auto is for everyday commuting, while the Sport, Snow, Mud/Sand, and Rock settings are for their respective driving conditions.

The system can send torque to a specific axle or tire. It can move up to 100% of the power to the wheel(s) with the most traction, ensuring that the driver always has maximum control of the vehicle. 

To learn more about the feature-rich 4x4 systems on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, contact our Calgary dealership today.

What Can the Uconnect Sirius Guardian App Do for Calgary Drivers?

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(Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 11:15AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2CLimited%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/sirius_guardian_app_jeep.jpg"alt="Person looking at Sirius Guardian app on their smartphone"/></a>The SiriusXM suite of entertainment and security features comes standard (with a one-year membership) on Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and higher trims. These tools include Guardian, a remote access app that works in conjunction with Uconnect.      

What can you do if your auto has this unique system? 

Perhaps the most useful Guardian tool is remote unlocking. Using the Uconnect app on your phone, you can control access to your vehicle even if you are not nearby. This feature can be invaluable if you ever forget your keys or if your fob loses battery power. 

Remote lights and horn triggers, also activated by smartphone, can serve as a panic alarm or assist you as you try to find your vehicle in a crowded parking lot. 

Accident Response and Roadside Assistance services help you contact emergency or service personnel when you are in a collision or have a breakdown or flat tire. And finally, the Send and Go feature allows you to share destinations on a device nav app with your Uconnect system. 

Contact our Calgary dealership to learn more about which vehicles offer the Sirius Guardian app.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_grand_cherokee_airbags.jpg"alt="x-ray view of airbag system on 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee"/></a>Side airbags are designed to protect passengers during perpendicular collisions and rollovers. These safety elements are common in most modern vehicles, including SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and sedans such as the Chrysler 300

There are two categories: chest protectors and curtain units. The former, also known as torso airbags, deploy from the door or the seat. They protect the body during a collision. 

Side curtain airbags are found along the ceiling of the vehicle and open across the windows, protecting the heads of all outboard passengers. These cover the first, second, and (if applicable) third-row seats. 

Because there is less buffer space on the side of the vehicle, these airbags deploy three times faster than those in the front. They also stay inflated longer to protect passengers in the event of a rollover. 

To learn more about the airbag coverage on Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, and Dodge vehicles, contact our Calgary dealership today. 
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CWrangler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_wrangler_trail_cam.jpg"alt="A view of the Jeep TrailView Camera video feed on Uconnect touchscreen"/></a>The Jeep Wrangler has two main cameras meant to increase safety. One is in the front and the other in the rear. 

The forward-facing unit, also known as the TrailCam, shows what is directly ahead of the vehicle. The image is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen and features dynamic tire-path lines superimposed on top of the video feed. This view is for off-road conditions and allows the driver to see obstacles - such as boulders - in real time. The tool is available on models with 8.4-inch touchscreens. 

The rear camera, known as the ParkView, offers a wide-angle picture of the area behind the Wrangler. The image is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen with dynamic gridlines to help guide the vehicle as the driver attempts to back into a parking space.

To see these unique tools in action yourself, contact our Calgary dealership to schedule a test drive in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CChrysler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_dodge_grand_caravan_safety_locks.jpg"alt="A family outside a home entering their Chrysler Grand Caravan"/></a>Child safety locks are unique systems installed on the rear doors of most vehicles. They are especially relevant on family autos, such as the Chrysler Pacifica and Grand Caravan

When engaged, they prevent passengers (especially curious young children) from interacting with the lock from the inside, whether the auto is in motion or stationary. 

While most vehicles offer these child safety devices, models have different ways of engaging them. Some rely on a switch on the edge of the door. You can find this by opening it and looking along the side for a lever with a sign above it saying on-off or lock-unlock. 

Other autos have electronic controls on the steering wheel, the driver's door, or a different location in the front. If the child lock switch isn't immediately visible, you can find it by referencing the manufacturer's manual.

To learn more about the safety features of family vehicles like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica, contact our Calgary dealership today.

Do Calgary Drivers Need a Hardtop for their Jeep Wrangler or Other Convertible?

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(Posted on Apr 9, 2021 at 03:01PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CWrangler%2C%2CSport%20Utility%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_wrangler_convertible.jpg"alt="Interior view of Jeep Wrangler with retraced hardtop"/></a>If you want an open-air driving experience, like the one offered by the Jeep Wrangler, you are probably wondering whether you should get a soft or hardtop. In Calgary's four-season climate, the latter may seem to be a better option. 

Is a hardtop really more suitable? Let's take a look at the pros and cons. 

 
Pros

1. Hardtops offer better noise control, so if you value a quiet ride, they are the obvious choice. 

2. Due to its superior insulation, this option is better able to handle winter weather.

3. Hardtops are also easier to clean, and they do not require any special washing solutions. 

Cons

1. Hardtops take longer to remove and reinstall.

2. They do not have the classic "convertible" look. 

3. They take more space to store, which means you will be getting less cargo room than with a soft-top.

If you would like to see the Jeep Wrangler's soft and hardtop options, contact our Calgary dealership today. 

The Benefits of the Chrysler Pacifica's Tri-Zone Climate Control for Calgary Drivers

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(Posted on Apr 8, 2021 at 03:01PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CChrysler%2CPacifica%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_chrysler_pacifica_tri_zone_HVAC.jpg"alt="Interior of 2021 Chrysler Pacifica dashboard and steering wheel view"/></a>Tri-zone climate controls are a valuable component for larger vehicles, such as the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Touring. However, for smaller sedans, these units are typically a luxury rather than a necessity. 

A three-sector climate control system allows the driver, passenger, and rear-seat riders to create their own temperature bubbles independent of the others in the van. 

With automatic systems, like the one on the Pacifica Touring, you can set the temperature, and the vehicle will keep it at that level until you change it. Some cars, however, require you to make adjustments manually. 

It is important to make a distinction between tri-zone climate controls and rear vents. Many minivans and SUVs have back-row heat and air-conditioning outlets behind the centre console. In single or dual-sector cars, these do not have separate settings, so they release air at the same temperature and speed as the front.  

To learn more about the Chrysler Pacifica's climate controls, contact our Calgary dealership today.

What Are the Advantages of Jeep's Ventilated Seats in Calgary, AB?

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(Posted on Apr 7, 2021 at 04:30PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C80th%20Anniversary%20Edition%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/grand_cherokee_vent_seats.png"alt="Close-up of 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee leather ventilated seat"/></a>The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is an example of a high-end trim that has ventilated seats. This feature is also common on luxury vehicles, and it usually comes standard for the front row, though some cars offer it in the rear, as well. 

Ventilation features typically rely on small fans or blowers that draw air from the cabin and circulate it through the seat. The surface of the chair is porous, allowing the cooling flow to directly contact the driver and passenger. You can control the temperature with a dial on the dash or centre console. 

This feature can be especially useful on long trips, and it proves invaluable when you park outdoors in the sunshine. Without this element, the solar heat gain would make sitting almost unbearable. 

Most vehicles that offer this feature, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, have both heating and ventilation units. If you would like to try one for yourself, contact our Calgary dealership to schedule a test drive.

How Can Calgary Drivers Know If They Have Transmission Problems?

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(Posted on Mar 31, 2021 at 01:02PM by Josh Lew)
2021 dodge charger for sale in calgary abTransmission problems are among the most expensive and stressful vehicle issues. They can also be dangerous since a failure can cause unexpected stopping or loss of control on the road. 

If you want to avoid these situations, here are three common symptoms to look for:

Leaking

If you notice a red fluid with a sweet smell under your vehicle, you most likely have a transmission leak. You will need to take your auto to a Calgary service centre for an inspection.

Noises or Shaking

Noises are also a common indicator of transmission problems. If you hear or feel shaking or grinding, or if the gears are completely unresponsive when you try to change them, you should likewise seek the help of a professional.

A Burning Smell

A burning smell during driving, especially if you have a low engine temperature, often indicates ineffective transmission fluid and the need for a system flush. 

If you suspect any of these issues, contact our Calgary service centre for an appointment today.
2021 jeep wrangler for sale in calgary abDirty or diminished brake fluid will reduce stopping efficiency, which could lead to dangerous situations on the road. 

How does this issue arise? The heat from the pads can cause the liquid to lose its lubricative properties, or debris can contaminate it, leading to abrasions or corrosion. 

Changing the brake fluid and cleaning the system can ensure that your car will retain its stopping capabilities. When should you ask your service centre technician to check for an issue? First, your owner’s manual will offer maintenance recommendations for flushing and replacing the lubricant. Different makes and models have suggested schedules, ranging from two to five years or 30,000 to 40,000 km. 

A more efficient option is to check the brake system during regularly scheduled maintenance at your favourite Calgary service centre. The advantage of this approach is that the technician can usually spot low or contaminated fluid before it causes a problem. 

If you would like to learn more about our services for Calgary vehicle owners, contact us today. 
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